Cricketers express shock and dismay over tragic death of Phillip Hughes

Phillip HughesNew Delhi, Nov 27 : Cricketers and fans together took to Twitter to show their support and empathy for Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes passed away on Thursday.

Hughes succumbed to injuries he endured when he was hit by a bouncer at the SCG on Tuesday. The 25-year-old South Australian batsman, who was pushing for a Test recall against India in Brisbane next week, was knocked out after the ball made impact under his helmet, behind his left ear.

Fans and cricketers took to social media to show their sympathy for the deceased cricketer and his family and friends.

Hesson not expecting 'miracles' from Vettori on return to Kiwi Test squad

Hesson not expecting 'miracles' from Vettori Wellington, Nov 26 : New Zealand cricket team coach Mike Hesson is not expecting any miracles from Daniel Vettori, but he believes that the veteran spinner could play a key role in his record-setting Test appearance.

Vettori has made a surprise comeback to the five-day format after two years out with injury, to make the team to play the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Wednesday. It would mark the 35-year-old's 112th Test appearance for New Zealand, belatedly breaking the deadlock he had enjoyed with fellow former skipper Stephen Fleming.

Vettori received a standing ovation from the team as he was presented with his cap.

CA rules 'injured' Clarke out of first Test against India

Sydney, Nov 25 - Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been ruled out of the first Test against India and Cricket Australia is expected to announce on Tuesday that the skipper would not take the field in either Sydney grade cricket or the two-day tour match against the visitors in Adelaide.

CA's decision would end any chance of Clarke taking the field in Border-Gavaskar series opener. And in further bad news for the Australian skipper, it has been reported that CA chief executive James Sutherland would seek a 'please explain' from Clarke on why he contradicted the selectors with his public statements on Monday.

Kohli admits 'down under' Indians will focus on 'composure, concentration' against Oz

Virat KohliSydney, Nov 24 : Indian cricket team's stand in captain Virat Kohli has admitted that it can be very hard in a place like Australia to come back if one is down in the series so the focus would be to have the composure and the concentration in those important moments.

Kohli says India must motor from the outset to find elusive series success in Australia.

However wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters said that the Cricket Australia XI aims to start the rot for the visitors in back-to-back tour matches starting on Monday at Glenelg Oval.

Tendulkar congratulates Rohit Sharma for setting new ODI record

Sachin TendulkarNew Delhi, Nov 22 : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated fellow cricketer Rohit Sharma for scoring a record breaking 264 runs in a One- Day International (ODI) match against Sri Lanka on November 13.

The previous record was held by fellow cricketer Virender Sehwag, who had scored 219 runs in an ODI against West Indies in 2011.

"(It is a) Spectacular achievement! Especially after a hand injury, it's not so easy. I know.. I have had a few injuries. Rohit has done remarkably well and I just feel that this Australian tour brings him more success and for Indian cricket," said Tendulkar.

AB willing to bat down order for team's win

AB willing to bat down order for team's winJohannesburg, November 21 : South African captain AB de Villiers has expressed that he is willing to bat down the order in order to ensure that his team wouldn't lose in case of a batting collapse.

De Villiers admitted that having enough experience, he would like to push himself down to make sure that they would have a good chance of winning the game at the end. He further said that ideally they wouldn't like to have such situations but such plans could possibly save them from getting bowled out, Sport24 reported.

Bailey backs Haddin to lead team during first Test against India

George BaileyMelbourne, Nov 21 : George Bailey has reportedly backed right-handed batsman and Vice-captain of the Australian ODI team, Brad Haddin, to take up the reigns of the team in the first Test against India but has refused to rule out injured skipper Michael Clarke.

Bailey said that he expected Haddin to be behind the stumps at the Gabba from December 4-8 and lead the team on the field if Clarke is unable to recover in time, reported News. com. au.

He said that Haddin would "relish the opportunity and he deserves the opportunity."

He refuted the suggestion that one of the younger Australians should be asked to lead the team with an eye to the future. (ANI)

Clarke's hamstring injury not 'serious enough' to rule skipper out for entire summer

Michael ClarkeSydney, November 20 : Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris has said that he hopes to see Captain Michael Clarke to play a part in the summer, despite hamstring injury ruling the skipper out of the ongoing ODI series against South Africa.

According to Kountouris, Clarke's hamstring injury is not as bad as has been projected; instead he is experiencing an acute back pain , which has further complicated things. He believes that the left hamstring injury is similar to the one Clarke suffered in Zimbabwe back in August, reported News. com. au.

Strauss says 'fear of getting out' behind England's loss in ODIs since his time

Strauss says 'fear of getting out' behind England's loss in ODIs since his timeLondon, November 18 : Former England captain Andrew Strauss admitted that the team has been too 'fearful' of getting out and thus fail to hit runs in one-day internationals.

Strauss believes that England players have played too fearfully even during his own tenure as a captain. According to him, the team wouldn't make 400 plus runs unless they have got the confidence to do so. He further said that it was not the strategy, but the players that haven't performed well, the BBC reported.

Adelaide Oval wins rights to host historic day-night Test between Oz-Kiwis

Adelaide Oval wins rights to host historic day-night Test between Oz-KiwisSydney, Nov 16 : Adelaide Oval stadium would reportedly win the rights to host the sport's historic day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand as the traditional format prepares to make use of the pink-ball next November.

It can be reportedly revealed that the final day-night Sheffield Shield trials last week alleviated concerns over the durability of pink kookaburra balls. Secret Cricket Australia research has also dispelled the theory pink balls can't be detected by colour-blind players such as Test opener Chris Rogers.

Cook insists England has moved on from controversy over KP's autobiography

Alastair CookJohannesburg, Nov 15 : England cricket captain Alastair Cook has insisted that the controversy over sacked batsman Kevin Pietersen's autobiography had been well and truly in the past for his side ahead of their ODI series in Sri Lanka.

England fly out on Sunday for a seven-match series designed as part of their preparations for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. They do so with the uproar caused by Pietersen's book having just about died down since it was launched in a blaze of publicity last month.

Injured Clarke may miss Test series against India to be fit for 'top priority' WC

Michael ClarkeSydney, Nov 15 : Australia cricket team captain Michael Clarke is likely to miss a home Test and might miss out the series against India for the first time in his career due to injury after coach Darren Lehmann said that the World Cup would be a priority for the skipper.

Clarke on Saturday had scans on his injured hamstring in Perth before flying home to Sydney to consult specialists about the results, but Lehmann admitted that the first Test against India in Brisbane, 18 days away, would be a big ask.

Lehmann downplays alleged rift with Clarke

Michael Clarke Darren LehmannAuckland, November 14 : Australian captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann have reportedly not been on good terms with each other post the thrashing in the recent series against Pakistan in United Arabic Emirates.

Tension between both have allegedly been reported at least a couple of times this year, most notably over the exclusion of Steve Smith from a one-day match against Zimbabwe in Harare in August in which Australia were the shock losers. It was subsequently followed by Clarke expressing his dismay over selection publicly, which didn't go down well with Lehmann, reported stuff. co. nz.

Rohit Sharma becomes only player to score double ton twice in ODI

Rohit SharmaKolkata, Nov 13 : India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma made history by becoming the only batsman to score a double ton for the second time, as India set up Sri Lanka a massive target of 404/5 in their allotted 50 overs in the fourth ODI of the series.

Sharma was brought into the match to help him improve on his form, replacing Shikhar Dhawan in the dead rubber.

Sharma hit a massive 264 of 173 deliveries. His mountainous innings included 33 fours and nine sixes.

Gilchrist is a self proclaimed legend!

Adam Gilchrist AutobiographyLondon, November 13 : Former Australian captain and wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist has claimed himself to be a legend in his newly released autobiography: " Adam Gilchrist: The Man. The Cricketer. The Legend."

The Australian, who is known for his famous knock of double century against South Africa, had accumulated runs at an average of more than 47, combining 416 dismissals with the gloves during his test match career. His strike rate is among the highest in the history of both One-day and Test match cricket.

Gilchrist released his first autobiography "True Colors" in 2008. (ANI)

Bailey reminds critics of Oz No. 1 batsman Clarke's proven track record

George BaileySydney, Nov 12 : Australia ODI team vice-captain George Bailey has backed his skipper Michael Clarke, saying that the recent criticism of their number one batsman was completely unwarranted and pointed to the captain's proven record of leading from the front.

Australia has given Clarke its emphatic backing as they announced their World Cup campaign under way in Perth. The chance to go head-to-head in a five-game series with World Cup favourites South Africa starting on Friday is being treated by Australia as a selection audition of the highest importance.

Proteas branded with dreaded 'choker' tag ahead of WC

Proteas branded with dreaded 'choker' tag ahead of WCJohannesburg, Nov 11 : With the World Cup still three months away, a blogger has already branded South African team with the dreaded ' choker ' tag as they have not won even one out of the six World Cups.

South Africa Sunday Times blogger reveals that the pressure that comes with living with the truth of not winning any World Cup has unscrewed South Africa's courage from its sticking place too many times.

Injured Dhoni out of last two ODIs,Brisbane Test; Rahul, Karn, Raina in Test squad

mahendra singh dhoniMumbai, Nov 10 : Skipper M S Dhoni has been rested for the remaining two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka and the first Test against Australia to be played in Brisbane to recover from a right wrist injury.

Virat Kohli will lead the side in his absence.

Dhoni had earlier opted out of the first three games of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, citing the need for a break to freshen up ahead of the tour of Australia and the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the selectors have named Karnataka batsman K L Rahul and Railways leg spinner Karn Sharma and Uttar Pradesh south paw Suresh Raina in the 19-member Test squad.

ICC terms West Indies pull out of India tour 'unacceptable'

Dubai - Terming the controversial pull-out by West Indies midway their India tour as "unacceptable", the ICC warned players against taking contractual matters into their own hands and hinted that they could be penalised by disallowing them to play in domestic tournaments like IPL if they repeat such acts in future.

The West Indies team left India four matches into a five-game ODI series after a pay dispute between the players and their Board, with a Twenty20 international and three Tests to play. As a result, the BCCI have demanded USD 42 million in compensation and damages.

The ICC said in a statement that the pull-out by the West Indies team damaged cricket's integrity and reputation.

Oz, Proteas share 'extremely competitive' rivalry, mutual respect: Clarke

Michael ClarkeJohannesburg, Nov 07 : While the Proteas tour Australia for three Twenty20 games and a key five-match ODI series, skipper Michael Clarke has said that the rivalry between the Australian and the South African team is "extremely competitive" and added that there is a huge amount of mutual respect between the two.

Clarke also remarked that this summer will see both teams putting up a tough competition on the field but added that the two teams share a "fantastic relationship," reported News. com. au.

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